Alexis Selwood, Gloria de la Cruz-Quiroz, Connie Destito, Alex Kivowitz

Alexis Selwood, Gloria de la Cruz-Quiroz, Connie Destito, Alex Kivowitz

Monica Blauner and Lynn Rosenfield

Monica Blauner and Lynn Rosenfield

The Sanville Community Alliance is the Los Angeles service arm of The Sanville Institute of Clinical Social Work and Psychotherapy. It provides both continuing education and  psychotherapy.

The Sanville Community Alliance was founded by Alexis Selwood, PhD, Alex Kivowitz, PhD and Lynn Rosenfield, LCSW of The Sanville Institute and Monica Blauner, LCSW, Alumnae Area Coordinator of Smith College School of Social Work in collaboration with Connie Destitio, LCSW, program director of the Pacific Oaks Latina/Latino and African- American Family Studies Programs and Gloria de la Cruz- Quiroz, LCSW, program director of the Los Angeles Child Development Center’s school-based mental health program at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy in Los Angeles


The mission of the Sanville Community Alliance is to create a community of mental health students, faculty and professional interested in cross-cultural issues, practice and education.


The goals of Sanville Community Alliance are:

1) To provide BBS approved continuing mental health education in psychotherapy with an emphasis on cross-cultural issues and practice.

2) To provide psychotherapy for masters’ level students studying to become psychotherapists.


The Sanville Community Alliance Continuing Educational Program provides a combination of networking, socializing and Clinical Continuing Education for students, faculty and alumni from the Sanville Institute, the Smith College of Social Work LA Alumni Association, Pacific Oaks, USC and other schools.

The Cross-Cultural Consultation Group meets once a month to discuss cases and cultural and cross-cultural issues in psychotherapy, supervision and consultation.


The Sanville Student Psychotherapy Program offers long and short term psychotherapy for master’s level students studying to become LCSW or MFT psychotherapists. Our psychotherapists are experienced clinicians who are interested in cultural and cross-cultural issues and take a relational, strength-based approach.

Clients are seen in therapists’ offices in Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Pasadena and the San Fernando Valley.

Fees are based on the ability to pay. All psychotherapists volunteer their service and client fees go to the Sanville Institute Doctoral Scholarship fund.

For psychotherapy or more information, please call or email Alexis Selwood, PhD at:

(323) 469-8462

Please leave your name, email, phone number, when you can be reached and what parts of town you work and live in.


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